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post #11 of 16 Old 09-24-2009, 10:18 AM
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I never ride in anything but blue jeans. My saddles are all fine.
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post #12 of 16 Old 09-25-2009, 01:59 AM
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I think it depends on the saddle, the jeans, the rider, and the activity. Say, for example, a very soft French leather Butet, some tough & slightly baggy jeans, a somewhat off-balance rider, and a jumping course. I do believe the bunched up, baggy jeans could rub along the seams of the twist and cause damage. I've seen it many, many times. If you look on eBay, many of the nice french saddles (highly used ones) will have splits along the seams of the twist (or just major wear); this can be attributed to riding in jeans, among other things.

Of course, metal grommets on jeans pockets are also a no-no!

I always ride in breeches. I feel like I can't move my legs freely in jeans. (Or maybe my jeans are too tight--haha!)


PS-I think riding in jeans in a Western saddle is fine. They are built differently. And as others have said, people have been doing it for ages!

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post #13 of 16 Old 09-25-2009, 08:33 AM
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I have to go with Equina, I think it depends on a lot of things. I have several saddles that have been ridden for 30 years or more and show no signs of wear (at least that could have been caused by jeans anyway) and I have a saddle that I have had for around 6 years and I can tell that it has changed where my legs sit. I don't want to say it has worn as the grain can still be seen and it is not weaker but the tooling is not nearly as pronounced where my legs are at. Of course that could just be my imagination too LOL. I do know that I have worn out more than one pair of pants in the inseams from a few thousand miles in the saddle.

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post #14 of 16 Old 09-25-2009, 09:48 AM
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I think in general western saddles are ok. It's the higher end english saddles that are made with the extra soft leather (like calfskin) that are most at risk. I could tell a definate difference in my first saddle when I switched to just breeches. The leather will wear down next to the twist and cause splitting. My friend is an Antares dealer and he's adamantly against riding in jeans. In fact, if he takes a saddle on consignment before he even takes a look at the saddle he asks what you ride in, jeans or breeches.
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post #15 of 16 Old 09-25-2009, 09:55 AM
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I prefer riding in stretchy yoga pants. I wonder what that wears out


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post #16 of 16 Old 09-26-2009, 07:39 AM
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^^ROFLMFAO!!! Nice one Maureen.

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